Some Like It Hot – Peppers That Is!
For many, a pleasant, peppery taste of sweet peppers in a casserole or salad is enough of a pepper taste. Others like a little more! If this is you, check out our “Hot Stuff” and “Some Like It Hot” perks/rewards on our crowdsourcing project! With purple and early Jalapeno just a couple of the hot peppers that we have started, we look forward to some spicy treats this summer, fall and beyond.
Peppers offer not just flavor but nutritional benefits and health benefits.
As I was recently planting habanero and Hungarian hot seeds, and getting ready to transplant banana hot pepper starts, these define the idea that a little bit will do. Vitamins and capsaicin – what makes hot peppers hot – have benefits you can get without blistering your lips!
Pepper relish – chopped up peppers in pint jars – take center in the Hot Stuff perk – $25 gets three of them that you can mix into meatloaf, add to pizzas or stew or whatever casserole you’re making up.
Then there’s the Some Like It Hot option – three types of dried crushed peppers plus one sweet pepper flakes and one mixed. Love peppers? This could be a way to spread the heat!
Did you know the peppers are gauged by a measurement called scovile units? The higher the number the hotter the pepper. Mild peppers have less than 100,000 rating – these have the pepper flavor but don’t bite back too much. There’s others that are much stronger – many habaneros range from 250,000 to 500,000 – these are the kind you know you bit into a pepper. (Don’t add water!). Then there’s the kind like the record holder – the Carolina Reaper with 1.474 million rating – this is a blister the tongue, don’t get in the eyes weapon type for the bold pepper lover. That’s 300 times hotter than a jalapeno! We won’t have many of those (although I’ll be trying a few of them at home but not for sale!), but will have plenty of normal hot for those on your pepper loving list.
We like peppers – from the very mild Bianca sweet pepper to those with a little more kick. We’re happy to share and there’s no better way than with these options! Suffice to say that, like many foods, there are thousands of options beyond the grocery store. Take a look – and taste! – of some this year.